Watch Our First-Ever Virtual Grad Slam! Published: March 12, 2021 By: Allison Gleason and Allyson Tang Watch seven graduate student semi-finalists compete to be the Berkeley Champion! We’re thrilled to announce that Adélaïde Bernard was awarded first place in the Berkeley Grad Slam for her presentation titled, “Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite.” Second place went to Neta Gotlieb for “The Impact of Stress on Pregnancy.” Iemaan Rana was voted the People’s Choice winner for her presentation, “From Chemicals to Chronic Disease: How Formaldehyde Exposure Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Disease and Brain Cancer.” Grad Slam is a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. On Friday, May 7, 2021, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Adélaïde will compete against graduate student peers from other campuses at the UC-wide championship competition. This livestreamed event will be emceed by UC President Michael V. Drake. Competitors will be judged by notable leaders in industry, government, and media. The top three prizes at the systemwide competition are $1,000 (People’s Choice), $2,000 (third place), $4,000 (second place), and $7,000 for the winner of the prestigious UCOP Grad Slam “Slammy” award. Be sure to support as she represents Berkeley at the final on May 7, 2021.